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Ben Godfrey eyes legend status at Shrewsbury

Norwich City's on-loan midfielder Ben Godfrey is a key figure in Shrewsbury's promotion push. Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Norwich City's on-loan midfielder Ben Godfrey is a key figure in Shrewsbury's promotion push. Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire

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Ben Godfrey aims to return to Norwich City a Shrewsbury Town legend by inspiring his loan club to a League One play-off triumph.

The midfield powerhouse was man-of-the-match in the second leg win over Charlton that set up a Wembley tussle this weekend against Paul Warne’s Rotherham.

Godfrey and fellow City youngster Carlton Morris have already lost once on the hallowed turf earlier this season in the Football League Trophy - but emulating the Shrews’ class of 1979 who earned promotion to the second tier is the goal.

“We’re going into the final full of confidence, hopefully to get the win,” said Godfrey. “We’ve got to take that confidence into the final. If we turn up, on our day we’re going to be trouble for any team. Everyone knows that.

“That second leg was one of the biggest games in the club’s history but one of the biggest of our careers as well.

“It’s why there is so much passion and desire out there to experience things some of us have never experienced before.

“We will give 110pc and hopefully we can create some more memories and stories to take to our grave with us.”

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Shrewsbury’s highly-rated chief Paul Hurst admits falling at the final hurdle would be tough on a group of players who finished eight points clear of the Millers.

“I talked with the chairman the other day and he was disappointed we didn’t reach 90 points to become record-breakers,” Hurst told the Shropshire Star. “But there were lots of records up on the screen at the awards night.

“We’ve now reached another final.

“If it doesn’t go our way, will it be forgotten because it’s not in the history books? I think ultimately it deserves to be no matter what happens.

“If we did come out on top these players certainly should go down in history – for some fans I think they will anyway.”

Hurst insists there is unfinished business on the biggest stage after losing to the Imps.

“I just hope we do ourselves justice more than we did the last time,” he said.

“If we do then we give ourselves a chance. When we’ve had to, we’ve delivered.

“One of the very few times we haven’t was at Wembley and we want to try and put that right.

“Of course we want to win and no-one would care how the game is or how we perform.”

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